As an increasing sign of progress from the Toro Rosso F1 team, it managed to achieve his best ever finish in the formula 1 at the Chinese Grand Prix. Ricciardo managed to finish the race in the seventh position. Toro Rosso have been one of the consistently improving teams in recent years. This result is a huge morale boost for the team. Ricciardo started the race in the seventh position and he managed to finish ahead of several top runners like Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta. In fact, Ricciardo finished just a couple of seconds behind Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.
After the race, the Australian driver said that he is extremely delighted to have taken his first points of the season, while also managing to show others that Toro Rosso are a team capable of finishing in the points position. This is not the first time he has started a good qualifying position. Ricciardo started the last years Bahrain Grand Prix in the sixth position, but was unable to finish in the points scoring position. However, the team has managed to avoid a repeat of the same, which proves that they are moving in the right track.
Despite the points, Ricciardo said that he could have finished a couple of places above had it been for a better strategy.
“I am really pleased to score my first points of the season and to confirm the qualifying performance. After yesterday afternoon I kept calm, knowing the real work would begin today. The last time I qualified this well was sixth in Bahrain last year and then I failed to score, so today, I really wanted to show people what I could do, so it’s great for me to have had a great race but it’s especially good for the team, who have worked so hard for this,” said Ricciardo.
The Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne has said that the team has made significant progress in recent testing as a result of the introduction of several new parts. The changes to the car were made on the first day of testing ahead of the new season. The Frenchman completed 59 laps on the day, while Toro Rosso were rewarded with a third fastest time on the day. Despite the poor conditions, Toro Rosso have displayed a lot of potential ahead of the new season according to Vergne. Vergne was especially happy with the way the car performed in the wet, while he has said that it was just about good in dry conditions.
The good feedback from the car after just a few laps was hugely essential in the Frenchman putting a string of consistent laps. Despite the significant boost in performance, Vergne refused to reveal the details about the upgrades that have gone into the car on the first day of testing. Despite this promising show, Vergne has refused to get carried away by saying that things are still unclear at this early stage. It is too early to say whether the team has made significant positions in the pecking order. Vergne has said that things will be clear from the Melbourne Grand Prix.
“We have new upgrades here [and] we are really happy. There were many things we wanted to test and we could follow the programme quite well despite the bad conditions. In the wet I think we were looking competitive. In the dry at the end of the day it was looking more or less OK. It was only four laps so it was quite tricky to have a good feeling, but just in those laps it gave me good feedback,” said the 22-year-old Frenchman ahead of the new season.
The Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo has said that he is extremely happy that the car for the 2013 season is coming on schedule. He has also praised the expectations of the team for the upcoming season. This is his second full season with Toro Rosso, and Ricciardo recently spent the winter testing for the team in Australia. The official pre-season testing will not be starting until the first week of February. The arrival of a new car from Toro Rosso was a major doubt ahead of this schedule, but the team has now confirmed that the car is ready to be launched. Read more »
The Toro Rosso F1 team drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo have said that it will be extremely tough for the team to match the performance that they put in at the Korean Grand Prix last weekend. The teams will be taking part in the Indian Grand Prix during the weekend. Many drivers have actually praised the Indian Grand Prix by saying that it is one of the best in the F1 calendar, despite being introduced only last season. Due to the fast nature of the circuit, both Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo think that it will be tough for them in this race.
Toro Rosso have been struggling through the season in order to match the reliability and pace of the teams ahead of them. They have been able to claim just 21 points in the constructors championship. As a result, it is highly unlikely that they will be challenging Williams, who have 59 points on the board with only four races remaining. Toro Rosso cars finished in the eighth and ninth position at the Korean Grand Prix last weekend. However, this will be difficult to repeat according to both the Toro Rosso drivers. Daniel Ricciardo has said that the team could have achieved a slightly better qualifying position.
“I’m not saying Korea was easy, but it was definitely easier than what we have had previously. I think we’ll probably have to work a bit harder for it this weekend. I still believe points are possible, but the pace seems to be more evenly spread across the field. It’s a tough one. A lot of the times lately we seem to surprise ourselves with the pace, so I guess there’s good reason it could happen again tomorrow,” said Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the Indian Grand Prix during the weekend.
Formula 1 might have gone into a slumber for the first ever summer break in the history of the sport, when the drivers and engineers of the team return home to their families, the factories remain closed. However, the loud roar of the V8 engines just doesn’t seem to stop with the Italian team, the Scuderia Toro Rosso completing some testing of their cars for the purpose of filming. The location of the testing is the circuit at Imola, where the former San Marino Grand Prix used to be held, located just a few meters away from the home base of the team.
The Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo is the one doing all the testing, and according to him, the summer break for all those associated with the Scuderia Toro Rosso team begins when the testing is done. But the young Aussie also admitted that he wouldn’t have bothered if there was no summer break at all, commenting that it wouldn’t have been a problem, either for him or the team if they were heading to take part in another race at another part of the world.
Ricciardo, who made his debut in Formula 1 with the Hispania Formula 1 Team in 2011 stated that every driver who makes the step up to the sport know that they will be in for a grueling season and although he admitted that the FIA were keeping the health of the drivers in mind when they decided upon a month long break, the drivers are more than capable of continuing non-stop till the end of the season.
The 22 year old also added that he remains hopeful that he will be remaining with the Scuderia Toro Rosso team for the 2013 season as well and hoped for some improvement in the car also.
One of the most interesting – but ultimately unsuccessful – strategies that emerged at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend was the move by Toro Rosso to switch Jean-Eric Vergne’s tyres to intermediates with just a few laps left. Rain had been threatening for much of the afternoon but apart from a few solitary drops, never appeared.
The decision by the Toro Rosso to switch the Frenchman’s tyres came when he was sat in 7th position, a highly respectable place for a driver with no previous F1 experience on the narrow, twisting streets of Monaco. The team opted to change the tyres to intermediates, which are designed to be used in light rain or until the track becomes truly wet.
What happened was that the rain changed course, and wasn’t seen until the torrential downpour minutes after the end of the race, and Vergne was left to struggle to the finish on slower tyres than the rest of the field. He dropped 5 places in the final few laps, and consequently scored no points.
The move had been roundly scorned by various Formula 1 figures as a naïve gamble, but not everyone was critical. Vergne himself explained that they needed to change tyre anyway, so he would have had to pit regardless of what their strategy at this point ideally was, as his soft tyres were too worn to complete the Grand Prix on. And more interestingly, the move by Toro Rosso was defended by French commentator and former Ferrari driver Patrick Tambay.
“If it had rained, he could have won,” Tambay insists, talking about Vergne’s risky intermediate tyre strategy. “Late in the race, everyone would have been on very worn dry tyres with a lot of trouble staying on the track. Others could have dived into the pits but it would have been risky with so few laps to run. But with his tyres, he would have been passing cars one after another. It was quite possible that he could have won the Monaco Grand Prix.”
Red Bull racing has made great advances since its inception. The latest win in the Bahrain grand prix proved once again why Tororosso is still the undoubted leader. Sebastian Vettel gave a consistent performance and took pole position. ToroRosso is the Italian name for Team red bull. Sebastian Vettel of the red bull team now leads the championship standings with an accumulated total of 53 points. Next in the leader table is Lewis Hamilton of the Maclaren team.
Red Bull also is currently leading the team standings with a total of 101 points followed by Mclaren with 91 points. Red bull introduced quite a number of changes in the dynamics of the F1 car which has reflected in this edition of the world championship. The choice of wet tires and fast pit stops has also added to the cause.
The championship is still wide open and anyone can take the lead but Vettel looks as promising as ever. In the post race interview he seemed pretty happy with the car and the team. Even though the practice runs were hampered due to bad weather still the team made good ground thanks to the expert staff of the Austrian giant. The Sakhir circuit in the Bahrain desert played host to the amazing and close finish race. The circuit is a challenging one with fast corners and exceptional straights so that the cars were really pushed to the extreme.
All the latest news and feeds from the Tororosso will be provided here and also in depth post and pre race analysis will be done by our expert’s panel. This season of F1 Grand Prix will be especially exciting as there will be new talents to watch out for and new circuits like the Buddh India and F1 fans will be in for a feast.